SCI 275 Week 3 Balancing Ecosystems

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SCI 275 Week 3 Balancing Ecosystems

Resource: Episode
1 of Gamescape and Chapters  4, 5, and 6 of Environmental Science.

Complete Episode
1: "Balancing Ecosystems" of Gamescape.

Write a
750- to 1,050-word letter to the City Council in neighboring Glimmerville. In
your letter, explain the situation with the Grass Carp and some of the
challenges faced in restoring balance to Sparksville's aquatic ecosystem. 
Since Glimmerville is experiencing a similar situation, provide advice on how
to restore their lake ecosystem. Include the following points in your

  • According to Ch. 6 of Environmental Science,
    what is ecosystem balance? Which reduction factors and which growth
    factors impacted ecosystem balance in Episode 1? Describe two ways in
    which the invasive species and native species impact ecosystem

  • Based on Episode 1 and the
    assigned readings, describe how native and invasive species might affect
    succession?  How might an invasive species impact the natural
    selection of the native species within a habitat? Describe how native and
    invasive species affect the flow of energy in an ecosystem? 

  • Describe four possible solutions
    to the Grass Carp invasion problem. Describe one advantage and one
    disadvantage for each solution. 

  • As you learned in Chapters 4 and
    6 of Environmental Science, the flow of energy, species interactions, and
    natural selection change over time. Since ecosystems and species are in
    flux, why should humans strive to restore and maintain ecosystem balance?
    Use one example from Episode 1 and one example from the assigned reading
    materials to support your points. 

Include the Episode
Score Report that you generate once you complete the activities from Episode 1.
The report is generated in PDF format.

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Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

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